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Old 05-22-2013, 01:18 PM   #1 
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Question Red areas with raised scales on new Betta

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 Degrees F.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 2 Cory Cats

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Zyme and Prime.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No I haven't tested it yet.
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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She has 2 raised red areas. In the red areas the scales stick up.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It has not changed her behavior, she is still active and eats.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Put in one dose of Kanaplex
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, she is a new Betta and has been living in the isolation tank with the 2 cory catfish for a month while her tank was being cycled.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Less than a year old

This is my new Betta Bunny and she has been in the Hospital tank for a month while her tank cycled. Then I put her in her new tank 4 days ago. On the 3rd day she developed 2 red patches on her left side that were raised up and her scales were also sticking up in the red areas. I seen her shimmy once yesterday. She still eats and is very active. The cory catfish that are in there with her are fine.

You can see the red areas in the pictures. One is down by her bottom fin and the other is on top between her top fin and tail fin.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #2 
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maybe an ammonia burn or she might have hurt herself on something in the tank...
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #3 
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Any sort of symptoms on the Cory cats?
What kind of cats are they?
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #4 
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Hello there.It looks like it may be septicemia.This occurs from Bettas eating food that's been contaminated with bacteria or simply by an open woud not he skin the got infected and let bacteria into it's system-As raised scales to me sounds like an infection.Here's a link about septicemia for you to look at-again just a thought,you might have to research more about different Betta diseases.
http://nippyfish.net/sick-betta/septicemia-infection/
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #5 
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Any sort of symptoms on the Cory cats?
What kind of cats are they?
The cory catfish are acting normal and no signs of any sickness. They do not have the red areas like the Betta does. My cory catfish are Julii Cories.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:47 PM   #6 
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Hello there.It looks like it may be septicemia.This occurs from Bettas eating food that's been contaminated with bacteria or simply by an open woud not he skin the got infected and let bacteria into it's system-As raised scales to me sounds like an infection.Here's a link about septicemia for you to look at-again just a thought,you might have to research more about different Betta diseases.
http://nippyfish.net/sick-betta/septicemia-infection/
Thank you, yes it does sort of sound like that. But I did not see any injuries the days before the red patches appeared. It just showed up overnight all of a sudden.

I'll have to check the Ammonia levels jesssan2442, thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #7 
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Personally, I would suspect it is ammonia burn, because the tank is overstocked.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #8 
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IMO, she has injured herself on something such as a decoration. You're doing two 50% water changes each week so you shouldn't have a problem with ammonia even with the extra fish. I would test the water however. You will need to make sure it stays clean while she heals.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:17 PM   #9 
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So far I have kept up on her water changes and I put in her 2nd dose of Kanaplex yesterday and is doing better now. The red patches look a lot more pale in color.
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